Recovering Lost Bitcoin and Crypto Wallets – My Step to Step Guide


You have a Bitcoin address, but you’ve lost your private key? Me too. I have one BTC stored away, somewhere, that I haven’t successfully accessed yet: but neccessity breeds innovation, so I’ll guide you through the steps I’ve taken so far.

First, is your wallet worth recovering? Most of my old Bitcoin wallets were empty. Look up the address on and see what the balance is. Then, once you’ve checked the balance, look at the date you transferred that amount into your wallet.

In my case, I transferred almost 1 BTC to an untouched wallet on 24th October 2017. I believe this was the date that MAGNR stopped trading, or the date I decided to withdraw all my Bitcoin from MAGNR. I sold 8.3 Bitcoin, believe I bought a miner with 1.74 Bitcoin, invested in a couple of ICOs and locked the rest away.

Use that address to search your email and hardrive. Just plug your BTC address into the find bar of your emails and do a full document search for the text. It may be you stored it in a raw text file on one of your machines or backup drives. No such luck for me.

Search documents and emails by date. The next step was to look through my emails and hard-drive to see what I was working on and what I was doing around that time. It looks like I downloaded the offline solution to make a paper wallet that day. So, I probably have a paper wallet printed, somewhere in the house (I believe I would have glued it into a softback red paper bound book).

Remember your old wallet interfaces. I know I was actively using that book at the time I bought the miner, then I switched out to a hardware wallet – but I can’t remember when I got the hardware wallet. More searching shows I got the hardware wallet on 1st December 2018, so this transaction won’t be on there. I got my miner around July 2017. Therefore, the lost Bitcoin is likely to either be in my red bound book, or on my old miner (currently in the garage).

Remember your old websites. I used a bunch of exchanges and mining pools when I was starting out, Poloniex, YoBit, Kraken, SlushPool. MiningHub, I had multiple coins (mostly Zcash) and multiple wallets for each coin, and I was not very disciplined with moving things around. If you have a password manager, it may have remembered your passwords to all the old sites you’ve used in the past (maybe you had a few 100K Doge stashed away?).

Run some keyword searches. Look for documents and emails containing words like “wallet”, “BTC”,”Bitcoin”,”ETH”,”seed”,”private key”,”public key”, etc.

My outcome. I believe my paper wallets are in storage. My miner can & will be reactivated shortly. I’ll keep you updated – finding that Bitcoin would be pretty nice about now.

BY THE WAY – check out XASH.CO.UK – my new social network for Crypto!

I became an orphan on Tuesday (but Mom is doing fine)

First…. yes, Mom is doing great. We speak regularly although I’ve not been able to see her due to COVID regulations. Don’t panic, all is well.

But my other mother, my biological mother, died on Tuesday. My biological father is also dead, both from cancer, and both before the age of 60. Both had to wear colostomy bags for their final years. Both were troubled souls.

I never spoke to my biological mother, although she stalked me regularly and tried to make contact (I also stalked her back, but I never once contacted her). She’d mistreated me as a baby, which is why I ended up adopted in the first place.

Both of my biological parents did a ‘first’. My biological Dad was the journalist who named Spaghetti Junction. My biological mother was the first person in England to get banned from entering a police station.

I had some very good reasons to keep my distance. I’m not even sure how I’m meant to feel at the moment. I don’t feel regret from not ever meeting her, I don’t feel sad that she died, I’m not feeling any particular relief from the fact she won’t be bothering me anymore.

But I’m feeling something that I’ve not felt before, and I can’t name it.

2020 – Year of the Great Film Watch

I’m not a great watcher of films, but my boyfriend really is. Over the last year, we’ve had numerous film nights, to the point where we can’t remember if we’ve seen a movie or not. I’ve always had the same problem: not remembering what I’ve seen, unless it makes a huge impact. So here, I’ll try to chronicle what we saw and what we enjoyed. This post will be added to and expanded as my memory allows.

First watches:
Spiderman: Far From Home
The Joker
The Trench
The New Mutants (bad)
Ad Astra
Freaks (my top watch of the year)
Jumanji: The Next Level

Ready Player One
I Am Legend
The Jungle Book
American Psycho

Oops, I did it again

Had a good day at work, made amazing progress with my research, felt well rested – so naturally, for no reason, I started chewing my lip again. Relapsing after 20 years is strange to the point of inexplicable.

The best way I can describe it, is that it feels like you’re eating a cancer out of the innards of your lip. The blood tastes sweet, the pain is immense, the membrane is stringy, and it just feels incredible.

Never mind I have blood literally flowing from my mouth right now and all over my arms. Never mind I’ve almost bitten a hole. Never mind this will give me weeks of unpleasant agony and I won’t be able to talk properly.

3 months since I last did it. This time 4 times as bad. Two painkillers, two sleeping pills, then bed. If anything happens to me, I went out on a high.

The Great Migration

I’ve decided it’s finally time to migrate all my websites and projects to a new server. I’ve installed Centos 8.2 and will initally be using Caddy as a webserver.

The migrations starts with my static websites – then I’ll be moving my WordPress sites across (this is a WordPress website), and finally my webapps and custom coded sites.

I’ve hosted my latest project – Survival Supply – over on Shopify, but will attempt to build a a custom solution over the next 12 months.

You can check it out here:

Losing count

I’ve lost count of how much money I’ve made so far this year. I am guessing I’m close to my $100K, but until the dust settles in June or July, I have no clue. My life is currently a whirlwind of buying goods & stuffing boxes: every penny I take goes into backordered goods, more boxes get stuffed, more painkillers get taken.

There’ll come a point where all the orders are fulfilled, cancelled or refunded. That’s when I’ll know what I’ve actually made.

For now, I’m not getting a moment’s rest. Making money can be hard work sometimes.

The Great Stock Clearance


There’s around 2,000 trophies in my house that I haven’t labelled or sent to the Amazon warehouse. I’ve been working on them since the start of the year, and I’m about halfway through now. A lot of these are trophies made from components, which I assemble myself: it’s actual hard work! That said, the house is feeling emptier and cleaner now… which means we can finally move the components I put into storage out of storage, and start to make even more trophies from them.

As soon as the trophies are in the Amazon warehouse, I can focus on building my own website: but for now that seems like it could be months away. So, I’ll just sit in my chair, carry on making trophies and watching television, until the work is done.

This is a once in a lifetime clearout of components that have been sitting in the house since my father passed away 8 years ago. It’s a long run, but it will be worth it.

Expansion week | international listings & advertising campaigns.

With the full selection of products online on Amazon, my next task is to expand those offers across all the countries that Amazon reaches. Yes, postage costs a fortune – but in hard to reach areas, I figure that people are used to paying the postage. After assessing the demand, I can look at how to ship to warehouses around the world to reduce those costs.

The first things I’m doing, locally, is tripling my advertising spend. My current aCos is 2% – I can afford to increase the aCos to 40% and make less profit per sale if it gets me enough sales. I will monitor it for a week, and see where the aCos is at: then I will either increase or decrease again.

Then I’m creating listings for all the new markets. Sadly the inventory uploader file is different for every country, Amazon aren’t known for making things easy. I’m starting with UAE as its a fairly new market – then USA, then Canada, then Australia, Finally, Italy, France, Spain and Germany. I need a German Tax ID to sell on Amazon Germany, so that’s going to be a bother – and soon, Amazon will be requiring French Tax IDs, too.

My final targets will be Japan and Mexico. Even I’m not cheeky enough to try offering Chinese products back to the Chinese market at a UK price… although maybe I should?

Monitoring the progress of each country is going to take time, to make sure each remains profitable, however once in place & working, the international aspect will provide another income stream.